Read about The Positive Jam happening in Ithaca NY on September 6. Performances by the Felice Brothers, the Hold Steady, Deer Tick and more. FTV has posted the new Joker’s Daughter video for Lucid. Don’t Explain has an interesting and belated Top albums of 2008 list which ranks Nik Freitas right beside Joe Satriani and Team Love fave Benga. Fensepost have posted some thoughts on A Weather and we can’t mention the Portland hush-masters without restating that No Hidden Tracks called Cove the best album of 2008. Ketelmuziek talks about Simon Joyner this week and MBV is hosting a track from the upcoming live Shudder to Think album, both out Sept 15. This week also marked Elliott Smith’s 40th Birthday; here he is playing “Waterloo Sunset“.